Team fights it out to the end

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

WHILE the Se­nior Sharkys were win­ning the lo­cal premier­ship in Cairns, the ju­nior Sharks Un­der 9s side was down in Proser­pine bat­tling it out on the Paul Bow­men Chal­lenge against 75 teams from Cairns to Bris­bane.

The side’s first game was a hard fought win against Gam­feild Giants (Cen­tral High­lands) 16-8 and came back to earth with a 12-8 loss against Fitzroy Sharks (Rockhampton) and af­ter a sit down and talk with coach­ing staff, they came out on fire to have wins 36-4 against Bur­dekin Roost­ers (Townsville) and 46-4 against Tiger Hawks (Townsville) fin­ished Satur­day three wins from four games.

Af­ter a great night with fam­ily and friends, the team who camped out all woke up early, had a big break­fast and headed off to the footy ground know­ing they had to win the last two games against the two un­der­feated sides to win their pool and move on to the fi­nals.

The first game on Sun­day morn­ing was against Sa­rina Crocs (Mackay), which they won 24-12.

It was an out­stand­ing game of min-mod foot­ball from both sides.

Sup­port­ers stood and ap­plauded, as did the NRL de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer in charge of the game.

The fi­nal game against Up­per Ross Rams (Townsville), who the team saw drop a game early in the morn­ing, knew then that they had a chance to win the pool by beat­ing Rams in the last game.

The game was fought out, as it should have been with a fi­nals spot on the line.

With a minute to go and teams tied at 8-8, a kick through was picked up by a Sharky and a great try in the cor­ner was met with rap­tur­ous ap­plause from all the Sharkys sup­port­ers.

They had made the fi­nal eight, from lit­tle old Moss­man, like the big Sharkys.

The team had only an hour to ice all the bruises, ap­ply some strap­ping be­fore they took on Sun­shine Coast Broth­ers, who came out on fire go­ing to a 12-0 led early in the game.

But as our lo­cal side has shown, they don’t go away.

The team showed a lot of heart and tal­ent to fight to the end with a 20-12 loss against a very good footy side.

On Sun­day, the team also came fifth in the re­lay race and topped off their week­end by get­ting called back to the main tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion to re­ceive the good sportsmanship award. It’s a long, eight-hour drive, to Proser­pine so thanks to ev­ery mum, dad and sup­porter who came down.

And a big thanks to Neil and Wade, we went down to make mem­o­ries and we did.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

The Sharks Un­der 9s re­mem­ber lost loved ones from the club be­fore the match.

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